The second stadium in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, Antoinette Tubman stadium was packed to the rafters. For the first time, both ex combatants and victims of the country’s civil war had formed themselves into football and kickball teams to play a Peace and Reconciliation nationwide soccer tournament that was organised by the Community Outreach Unit of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with the Sports for Peace Task Force of which I was part of. In return, the winning team takes home a giant – size trophy, a set of football jerseys, certificates and above all, a presidential handshake and photo opportunity.
MOSCOW – Twenty-five years ago this month, I sat across from Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland to negotiate a deal that would have reduced, and could have ultimately eliminated by 2000, the fearsome arsenals of nuclear weapons held by the United States and the Soviet Union.
PRINCETON – Today, the world is threatened with a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown – but on an even more cataclysmic scale. This time, the epicenter is in Europe, rather than the United States. And this time, the financial mechanisms involved are not highly complex structured financial products, but one of the oldest financial instruments in the world: government bonds.
OXFORD – The top and the bottom of the list of countries in Newsweek’s recent cover story, “The 2011 Global Women’s Progress Report,” evoke images of two different worlds.
GAZA CITY – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has now personally presented Palestine’s bid for full United Nations membership to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. What remains to be seen is whether Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since June 2007, will eventually support this initiative by its bitter rival, Abbas’s West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.
TOKYO – As Libya’s National Transitional Council attempts to establish a functioning government for a newly liberated country, the truth about what went on under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime is starting to come to light. Various treasures have been unearthed from Tripoli mansions that were hastily vacated by their owners, and what happened to the tortured, the murdered, and the missing is beginning to be revealed.
Liberia’s 2011 Legislative and Presidential Elections: Factors to Consider and Pitfalls to Avoid
Look around Monrovia and its environs…listen to radio and television jingles and you will watch, hear, see and read a variety of leaflets, fliers, posters and bill boards bearing the photographs of aspirants with their campaign slogans : ‘Together, let’s begin the journey’….. ‘Together we can do better’, ‘The scorpion knows me better’, education, hospitals, clinics, freedom of speech, good governance, etc, ’Da (That’s) their areas’. Vote UP, vote CDC, vote NUDP, vote LTP, vote, vote, vote…
With less than five weeks before the holding of Presidential and Legislative Elections the false calm has given way to crippling fear. Liberians are living with deep uncertainties as to their safety and security, and no one seems to have answers. Many have begun appealing to friends and relatives abroad for financial assistance to leave the country before Election Day.
Observing the political discourse of our beloved nation and motherland is encouraging, albeit, sometimes very discouraging. This nation has been independent for the last 164 years and has not much to show in terms of physical and social infrastructure, and most importantly, the lack thereof of the pillars of democratic structural institutions.
Welcome to this edition of winning ways, may your day and the rest of this week be full of Gods’ favor and blessing. For edition we are honored and privileged to have one of God’s choicest servants Rev (Mrs) Grace Komolafe, from prayer trust ministries, London, as our guest contributor to winning ways. Enjoy your day.